Petraeus says he's willing to work for Trump

Petraeus says he's willing to work for Trump
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Retired Gen. David Petraeus says in a new interview that he would be willing to work for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE under certain conditions.

In an interview with Politico Magazine, Petraeus says that he had in the past had discussions with Trump officials about serving either as secretary of State or national security adviser. For him to take a position, he said, “it would have to be a specific set of circumstances or be, frankly, certain conditions.”


Petraeus wouldn't specify what the conditions were, but said they were part of a conversation he had with Trump last year. He added he'd still be interested in serving under those conditions.

The retired general's comments come amid mounting speculation about the future of Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims 'Bolivarian Diaspora' can no longer be ignored MORE. In October, NBC News reported that Tillerson had called Trump a "f---ing moron;" while Tillerson has denied the remark, it appears to have further strained the relationship between the two men.  

A report earlier this month said the White House is eyeing a plan to replace Tillerson at the State Department, possibly with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe CIA may need to call White House to clarify Russia meddling Intel agencies to brief officials from all 50 states on election threats Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report MORE.

In the interview with Politico, Petraeus seemed to be critical of foreign policy moves Trump has made so far in office, in particular his declaration that America is winning the war against ISIS.

“There are other presidents who have also made some declarations that they undoubtedly wished that they hadn’t made," Petraeus told Politico. He added that he worries about Trump's “occasional ambivalence about what does ‘America First’ mean relative to the traditional role of the United States in the post-World War II era and particularly, in the post-Cold War era."

Petraeus, who served as President Obama's CIA Director, resigned in November 2012 after it was revealed he had a sexual relationship with his biographer and misled the FBI about the nature of their relationship.

He pleaded guilty that year to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials.